Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Tim Profeta, an associate professor at the Sanford School, testified before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Profeta says, "[T]he urgency of climate change demands that we consider it as the path of least resistance to achieve our climate objectives."
Several Duke University faculty, fellows, and alumni will share their expertise at the Western Energy & Water Forum on Jan.
Zambia has one of the lowest electrification rates in the world. Njeri Kara (MEM '20) worked with the Duke Energy Access Project for four weeks in Zambia to learn more about people, microgrids, and how to bring electricity to more people.
Energy Initiative graduate student assistant Will Foster (MEM/MBA ’22) shares insights gleaned from a recent conference on the future of offshore wind energy in NC. These 5 takeaways show the growing interest in wind power stateside and the hoops that developers have to go through to get approval.
A key component in fighting climate change is the education of the next generation of decision-makers. Managing director of Fuqua's EDGE Center, Katie Kross, was quoted as saying, "If you are an MBA student, why would you focus on doing things the old way when you could be part of the solution?” Education should include the impacts of a changing climate from "investment banking to consumer goods and beyond."
Former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis (T'81), a Republican who himself once denied the reality of climate change, believes his party's days of denial are ending. During "Change My Mind," an Energy Week at Duke event, he explained that his son helped him change his own mind on the concept of climate change. Inglis runs a nonprofit called RepublicEn, working to build a grassroots movement to get congressional Republicans around the country to vote to mitigate the climate crisis with a tax on carbon.
A typical camera only captures visible light, which is a small fraction of the available spectrum. Researchers at Duke University have demonstrated photodetectors that could span an unprecedented range of light frequencies by using on-chip spectral filters created by tailored electromagnetic materials. This type of "hyperspectral imaging" could enable precision agriculture by allowing fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, and water to be applied only where needed, saving water, energy, and money and also reducing pollution.
Due to South Carolina's need for both heating and cooling, as well as their low rank in participation of energy effiencey plans, customers have a high energy burden. This lead to the creation of the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap. This initiative was launched in the fall of 2019 in partnership with the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, and through it, S.C. will identify areas of needed policy and program change.
Pratt School of Engineering students, staff and faculty recently started a school-wide sustainability push to reduce energy usage and recycle more. Behind cooling and ventilation systems, computers are often the largest energy users in university buildings. The GREENgineering initiative, the path to a greener culture is best paved with small, simple steps detailed in the article.
Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Toddi Steelman, writes regarding the growing fears surrounding climate change. She argues we need a new narrative that allows the environment and democracy to work. Her advice? "Be creative, ingenuitive, compassionate, and brave."
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